Big 3 not so big after all

Imran Ahmed, Web Editor

The Miami Heat haven’t lived up to expectations in a year in which many expected the Heat to break the regular season wins record of 72 by the Chicago Bulls during the 1995-96 season. The Heat currently sit at 12-8 after annihilating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland where many fans are still bitter about LeBron James abruptly leaving his hometown team to join forces with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in South Beach. The Heat have played mediocre ball thus far and it seems like they haven’t developed the chemistry to become a contender in the Eastern Conference, mostly because of the struggles they have endured with teams over .500. They have a 1-7 record against teams over .500 including two losses to the Boston Celtics, last year’s Eastern Conference champion.

Many had anticipated an easy road to an NBA champion for the Heat but a lack of chemistry and a lack of depth in the bench and role players have led many to ask, can some of the leaders step up and bring the Heat out of this slump? The stats have shown that all three of the superstars have career low stats at almost every major statistic, with Wade and LeBron at scoring about 20 points a game, 5 points below their career average and Bosh scoring 16 points per game, 4 points below his career average. It’s tough to say that the Heat won’t be contending in the Eastern Conference with the huge amount of talent they possess; it seems like it’s going to be a waiting game for Miami fans until their team starts performing at a high level like many critics and fans have expected of the team.